Joe Kinnear Luton Town manager at Kenilworth Road in 2002

Luton Town and ‘Manager Idol’: Recalling the phone-in competition that let supporters vote for their preferred manager

Luton Town haven’t always been a club to do things the conventional way, as evidenced by their 30 point deduction at the beginning of the 2008/09 season, but the summer of 2003 highlighted the madness.

When a consortium headed up by John Gurney took over Luton Town in May 2003, the first thing they did was sack Joe Kinnear – despite the popular manager leading the club to ninth in the second tier after returning the Hatters to the division the season before. 

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